Merge Records will reissue all four Archers of Loaf studio albums, starting with their acclaimed 1993 debut album, Icky Mettle, on Aug. 2.
Re-mastered by Bob Weston and featuring new liner notes by Robert Christgau, Icky Mettle will offer bonus material including the Archers of Loaf vs. The Greatest of All Time EP, plus singles and B-sides from the Icky Mettle days.
It will be available digitally, on CD and and on limited-edition blue vinyl. Reissues of Vee Vee,All the Nation's Airports and White Trash Heroes will follow next year.
Singer/guitarist Eric Bachmann, guitarist Eric Johnson, bassist Matt Gentling, and drummer Mark Price formed Archers of Loaf in Chapel Hill, NC, in 1991. Icky Mettle was the first of four studio albums for the band that seemed to personify what SPIN magazine deemed "a tremendously optimistic time in underground music, that 15-minute period in the early 1990s when it looked like indie rock really might take over the world."
ARCHERS OF LOAF 2011 TOUR DATES
June 11 – Austin, TX @ Emoís
June 12 – Dallas, TX @ The LOFT at the Palladium
June 25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (SOLD OUT)
June 26 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
July 8 – Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
July 9 – Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge (SOLD OUT)
July 22 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl (SOLD OUT)
July 23 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl (SOLD OUT)
July 24 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
August 5 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat (SOLD OUT)
August 6 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
August 19 – Carrboro, NC @ Catís Cradle (SOLD OUT)
August 20 – Carrboro, NC @ Catís Cradle
September 2 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
September 3 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
September 8 – Portland, OR @ Music Fest NW
September 9 – Seattle, WA @ Neumoís (on sale Friday/Saturday)